If I’m spending my time focused on things I want to achieve, I should also commend myself for some of my current physical skills. Here are three of them!
1) I can do three (sometimes four!) unassisted pull-ups in a row. Something like 1% of females can do a single, honest-to-goodness pull-up, and I have been genetically blessed with beastly arms and surprising ability to haul up my hefty backside.
2) I can do a head stand for a really long time while doing upside down V-ups and looking like a boss.
3) I am a dedicated plodder of long distances. Some people are blessed with long, slender legs that enable them to stride up hills with ease. I am not one of those people. At all. During a recent attempt at a bike purchase, the saleswoman at REI said “you might already be aware of this, but you have a very short inseam. We might need to fit you for a men’s bike.” It took the staff at Express 25 minutes to find a pair of pants that fit me. I wear a small men’s climbing hardness because my legs are stumpalicious. My self-appointed trail name is “Tiny Step’ because for every single step my boyfriend takes, I have to take two.
Through it all, though, I will happily hike 15+ miles at a painfully slow rate while wearing a 40lb pack. I am also an exceptionally great downhill hiker because of the limited torque stepping down puts on my legs. I pretty much have the gams of a 8-year-old, only significantly less skinny.
4) I will try anything once unless it is an activity that requires a parachute, more than 40 feet of free fall, or bottled oxygen. This has led me into doing some pretty miserable things (5 hours of sea kayaking in a frigid Canadian bay was my first experience kayaking), but also some really cool stuff.
Now, it’s time to plan a weekend get away!